SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and former NBA stars Joe Dumars and Dominique Wilkins Sunday have been named finalists for election into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is back for a second try, and Hubie Brown was named a finalist for the first time, as a contributor to the game. The Springfield-based Hall says winners will be presented April 4th at the NCAA Final Four in St. Louis.
Back on the ballot this year are Bernard King, Maurice Cheeks, Adrian Dantley, Dennis Johnson, and Chet Walker. All those players were previous finalists.
Wilkins and Dumars are finalists in their first year of consideration, as are two women's coaches, Van Chancellor and Sue Gunter.
Sixteen finalists were announced in Denver as part of the NBA All-Star festivities.
Rounding out the list are Italian coach Sandro Gamba, player Hortencia Marcari from Brazil, and player John Issacs and contributor John Kerr from the Veterans Screening Committee.
Induction requires 18 of 24 votes from the Hall of Fame's Honors Committee.